LifeStyles line extends nonlatex condom offering
RED BANK, N.J. — Ansell Healthcare Products on Monday announced the release of Skyn Large following the success of Skyn, the first polyisoprene condom on the market, and due to high consumer demand for a larger Skyn product.
"We are so thrilled to provide our users with expanded options in the nonlatex and size categories with the launch of Skyn Large, while maintaining the reliability and strength that LifeStyles products are known for,” stated Carol Carrozza, VP marketing at Ansell.
With almost 10% of the American population afflicted with latex allergies, Skyn’s nonlatex polyisoprene formula avoids any natural rubber latex allergens that might cause adverse reactions with latex-sensitive users, Ansell stated. "While Skyn and Skyn Large condoms are the ideal choice for people with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex, we have found in research and customer feedback that many users just prefer the softer, more natural feel of polyisoprene," Carrozza said.
A LifeStyles Skyn Large 12-count package will retail between $14.99 and $17.99.
HHS seeks to reduce health disparities
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday launched two plans aimed at reducing health disparities.
“For the first time, the United States has a coordinated road map designed to give everyone the chance to live a healthy life,” stated HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We all need to work together to combat this persistent problem so that we can build healthier communities and a stronger nation.”
The "HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities" outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.
HHS also released the "National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity," a common set of goals and objectives for public and private-sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved groups “reach their full health potential.” The strategy is a product of the National Partnership and was coordinated by the HHS Office of Minority Health.
Racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind in many health outcome measures. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, are more likely to suffer from such serious illnesses as diabetes or heart disease, and when they do get sick, are less likely to have access to quality health care, HHS stated.
Goals of the "HHS Action Plan" include transforming health care and expanding access, building on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act related to expanded insurance coverage and increased access to care. The plan also calls for more opportunities to increase the number of students from populations underrepresented in the health professions, train more people in medical interpretation to help serve patients with a limited command of English, and train community workers to help people navigate the system.
The plan also calls for HHS to set data standards and upgrade collection and analysis of data on race, ethnicity, primary language and other demographic categories in line with new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Local groups can use the National Stakeholder Strategy to identify which goals are most important for their communities and adopt the most effective strategies and action steps to help reach them. Both plans call for federal agencies and their partners to work together on social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities.
The HHS Office of Minority Health also is launching new Web pages to provide information and tools for organizations and individuals working to reduce healthcare disparities.
Iron Girl, a women’s energy bar, makes debut
TAMPA, Fla. — Nestle Performance Nutrition and its PowerBar brand have teamed up to introduce a new energy bar for women.
Iron Girl is a co-branded women’s energy bar that was produced by PowerBar and Iron Girl, an athletic event series consisting of 13 races nationwide, ranging from 10K/5K to half-marathon, duathlon and triathlon. Iron Girl is part of World Triathlon, producers of the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
"We are excited to announce the launch of the new Iron Girl energy bar, as an extension to our long-standing partnership with [World Triathlon Corporation]," said Neel Premkumar, brand development manager for PowerBar. "This product supports the active lifestyle of adult women, whether training for an event or getting through a busy daily routine."
Iron Girl energy bars are sold at Target and are available in two flavors: Strawberry and Cranberry, and Cocoa Crunch. Single bars retail for 99 cents each and $4.99 for a multipack (six bars).